This is the end, my beautiful friend.

January 29, 2016 Anson 0 Comments

"I think a lot about meteors. The purity of them. Boom. The end. Start again. The world made clean for the new man to rebuild."

Ultron is an A.I Cyborg and Tony Starks brainchild, first appearing in the “Avengers” #54. Upon waking, he hacks the internet and downloads every shred of information available. His assessment thereafter, is that the human race has to be exterminated for Earth to even have a remote chance of survival.

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”
                                                                       - Genesis chapter 6:5-7

A very powerful verse from the Old Testament. A very similar thought to Ultrons. Man had reached such a pitifully pathetic state that the very entity that created him wanted to destroy him. Eerily, we are at the edge of a very similar precipice, and it doesn't look good for the human race.

"We have adorned everything on earth, in order to test them, and thus distinguish those among them who work righteousness. Inevitably, we will wipe out everything on it, leaving it completely barren" 
                                                                      -Quran surah18:7-8

Despite all the breakthroughs in technology and the countless space missions, we haven’t come remotely close to finding a planet that could favour human inhabitation. Earth is all we've got, and yet we ruthlessly rape her every chance we get.

ākhyāhi me ko bhavān ugra-rūpo, namo ‘stu te deva-vara prasīda, vijňātum icchāmi bhavantam ādyam, na hi prajānāmi tava pravŗttim
śrī bhagavān uvāca, kālo ‘smi loka-kșaya-kŗt pravŗttah, ŗte ‘pi tvā na bhavișyanti sarve, ye ‘vasthitāh pratuanīkeșu yodhāh

Please reveal who you are of such fearsome form. I offer obeisances unto you. O lord of all be merciful to me. I wish to clearly know you, the primeval being because I cannot fathom your intention
Lord Krishna said: "I am terrible time the destroyer of all beings in all worlds, engaged to destroy all beings in this word; of those heroic soldiers presently situated in the opposing army, even without you none will be spared."
                                                                    -Bhagavad Gita chapter 11:31-32

It was a gloomy day in the year 1945 when the first successful nuclear test, the trinity test was carried out. Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan project (USA's World War II program to develop the first nuclear weapons), watched, in both fascination and horror, as the mushroom cloud rose high into the sky emanating immense heat and a deafening sound. Later, in a moment of solitude he lamented "We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. The Lord is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty, and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another."

With Putin Threatening war on ISIS, keeping Syria as collateral, US encroaching Middle East land, India and Pakistan constantly squabbling like spoilt brats, Korea arguing with Korea, a nuclear war is imminent. It will be a war that will span but a few minutes, and in its wake will leave the entire planet barren and render it a radioactive wasteland for decades to come. There will be no survivors. There may be no planet.

Did you know, we were 7 minutes to midnight (doomsday) in the year 1947, and now in 2016, we are just 3 minutes to midnight? Let me explain.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists is an academic journal, with science intellectuals, law makers and the general interested public contributing to theories on the current state of nuclear weapons in the world, the change in the energy topography, technological developments etcetera. They are a brilliant bunch of people with wonderful insights.

It was founded in 1945, by the very scientists who were a part of the Manhattan project. In 1947, after witnessing the destruction their invention inflicted on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, they came up with the doomsday clock. It was and is a symbol and reminder of how close to the brink of total annihilation we stand. They take into consideration varying factors of weapon wealth, climate changes, and other life threatening factors to warn the world of a possible Armageddon. On creation, it was set to 7 minutes to midnight, midnight symbolizing doomsday.

In the mid 50s-60s, with the US and the Soviet Union constantly locking horns, the clock ticked closer to midnight, settling at 2 minutes. Then the Cuban missile crisis hit and the world sat back, sipped on what they believed was their last glass of whiskey, and waited for the obliterating heat to wash over, evaporating their bodies into mist.

Thanks to the brilliance of US President John F Kennedy, Soviet Leader Nikita Krushchev, and their team of blessed souls, the world escaped nuclear annihilation.

Since then we did well to increase the minutes which averaged 10 minutes for many decades. But today, with all factors considered, we are closer to the edge than we’d like to be, at 3 minutes to midnight. Barrack Obama made a bold promise in Prague, in 2009. In his moving speech he said, 'America being the sole country to fire a nuclear weapon in anger, must be the first to take a step towards nuclear disarmament'. Every country should make this promise, but in a world tainted by ego and deceit, it seems this is one promise meant to be broken.

With the general population being liberated from social and political bonds, with the common man learning that the wheel that steers power is in their hands, we may have hope after all. If only we get out of the selfish bubble that engulfs us and think with just a shred of sensible intelligence, we may be able to overpower and influence the world towards a better future. We owe that much to our beautiful planet, and the entire human race.

Let us not be the comet that wipes us out.

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